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DUBS U21 Manager anticipates a ‘huge battle’ against O’Moore in Leinster U21HC opener

Dublin manager Joe Fortune is under no illusions as to the task awaiting his side when they face Laois in their Bord Gáis Leinster U21 Hurling Championship 
quarter-final at Parnell Park tomorrow evening (7.30).

The Dubs will need to hit the ground running against a Laois side that has a wealth of senior inter-county experience and the Naomh Mearnóg clubman anticipates a tight encounter between the counties.

“Laois have five players in attack who are part of the senior panel and very few counties possess that kind of experience at this grade.

“The county are progressing nicely and we are well aware of the quality that they have so we expect a huge battle in Parnell Park tomorrow night,” said Fortune.

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Fortune remains positive that the recent niggles affecting a number of his panel will not unduly hinder his side’s chances as the Dubs look to improve on disappointing campaigns over the past two years in which the Sky Blues suffered surprise losses to both Laois and Carlow in the opening rounds of 2012 and 2013.

“Apart from a few minor scrapes, we have a clean bill of health to report and we are just really looking forward to getting out there and doing our best to secure a positive result. We know how tough it will be against Laois but if the lads can produce a performance on the night, they are more than capable of achieving a positive result,” concluded Fortune.

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